Lady Helen Taylor

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The Lady Helen Taylor
Born (1964-04-28) 28 April 1964 (age 50)
Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire
Occupation Business representative
Spouse(s) Timothy Taylor
Children Columbus Taylor
Cassius Taylor
Eloise Taylor
Estella Taylor
Parents Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
Katharine, Duchess of Kent

The Lady Helen Marina Lucy Taylor (née Windsor; born 28 April 1964) is a first cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II. She is a great-granddaughter of King George V.

Early life and youth[edit]

Born at Coppins, a country house in Iver, Buckinghamshire, Lady Helen is the only daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent. She was educated at Eton End PNEU school in Datchet then at St Mary's School, Wantage, and Gordonstoun. Between 1987 and 1991, Lady Helen worked with the art dealer Karsten Schubert and confessed in a television interview that she had turned down representing artist Damien Hirst.

Marriage and children[edit]

Once best known as Melons to the public and popular press, she was styled The Lady Helen Windsor until her marriage, on 18 July 1992, to Timothy Verner Taylor (b. 8 August 1963), an art dealer and the eldest son of Commander Michael Verner Taylor, RN and Susan G. Percy. [1] They married at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. The bride wore a Catherine Walker design [2] inspired by the architecture of the wedding venue. [3]

She is the only one of the Duke of Kent's children who remains in the line of succession to the British throne since both of her brothers married Roman Catholics.

Lady Helen is now styled The Lady Helen Taylor. She and her husband have four children, who immediately follow Lady Helen in the line of succession:

  • Mr Columbus George Donald Taylor (born 6 August 1994)
  • Mr Cassius Edward Taylor (born 26 December 1996)
  • Miss Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor (born 2 March 2003)
  • Miss Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor (born 21 December 2004)

Public role[edit]

As a minor member of the royal family, Lady Helen performs no official functions, but she does attend family events such as royal weddings and Trooping the Colour. In 2012, she attended the Jubilee Celebrations.

She is a patron of the CLIC Sargent children's cancer charity. [4] Her husband is a cancer survivor. [5]



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British royalty
Preceded by
Louis Windsor
Lady Amelia Windsor1
Line of succession to the British throne
granddaughter of George, son of George V
Succeeded by
Columbus Taylor
Notes and references
1. Some sources exclude Leopold Windsor (and his elder brother Albert) from the line of succession because he was baptised as a Catholic.